Have you tried ...watermelon radish?
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 27, 2012
12/27/12 at 4:01 AM
The beautiful interior of the watermelon radish is what sells it.
We saw this radish on the produce aisle but did not give them a second look - not until we saw that one of them had been cut open, revealing a striking, pink and magenta interior.
With their green exterior and oblong shape, they really do look like little watermelons.
That is where the similarities end.
The watermelon radishes we tasted were similar in flavor to traditional radishes but spicier.
Watermelon radishes are an heirloom Chinese Daikon radish, and they would make an attractive crudités to offer with dips.
Watermelon radishes can be served fresh or cooked, hot or cold.
They pair well with fennel, apple, cheeses such as feta and chÃ¨vre, butter, vinaigrettes, bacon, white fish, cucumbers and mild salad greens.
FETA DIP WITH WATERMELON RADISHES
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta (about 7 oz.)
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
Watermelon radishes, thinly sliced
1. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts, and stir until nuts are golden, 2-3 minutes. Let cool completely.
2. Purée feta, milk, sour cream, dill, garlic and lemon zest in a food processor until smooth. Scrape dip into a bowl. Scatter pine nuts over, drizzling with any oil from skillet. Serve with watermelon radishes for dipping.
- adapted from Bon Appetit
ROASTED WATERMELON RADISHES
1 pound watermelon radishes, trimmed
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 375. Cut radishes into wedges. Mix with 2 tablespoons oil, and put in a 2-quart baking dish.
2. Roast radishes, stirring occasionally, until fork-tender, about 1 hour. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and sprinkle with sea salt.
- adapted from AllRecipes.com
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